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IABC Awards Gold Quills to Five Victorians

Five Victorians have been named winners of the prestigious 2011 Gold Quill Award, presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in San Diego. Kelly Vandrine and Jon Mills, Amy Baird, Chris Dvoracek and Lelde McCoy were selected for recognition out of nearly 900 entries from 26 countries.

For more than 35 years, IABC’s annual Gold Quill Awards program has honoured the best of the best in business communication, offering professional communicators an opportunity to have their work evaluated by expert judges. The winners represent excellence in organisational communication and their work plans serve as best practices for professional communicators across communication disciplines.

Amy Baird (AIA Australia) and Christine Dvoracek, ABC (Transform Consulting for DeluxGroup) will receive awards of Excellence in the Employee/Member Communication category when the Quills are officially presented in San Diego in June.

Kelly Vandrine and Jon Mills (Bupa Australia) and Lelde McCoy (Ogilvy Public Relations for the Organ and Tissue Authority in Australia) will receive Awards of Merit for Issues Management and Crisis Communication and Social Responsibility categories respectively.

"The Gold Quill Awards is one of the few opportunities for communicators to have their work recognised at a global level," says Melissa Dark, ABC, chair of the 2011 Gold Quill Awards and also a fellow Victorian. "The awards recognise work completed in the many and varied facets of the business communication profession, but in all areas it is primarily concerned with demonstrating how the communicator has added value to their business through strategic, innovative execution and thoroughly measured communication activity."

To recognise excellence in business communication at a local level, the Victorian Chapter of the IABC has a local award, the Bronze Quill. All Victorian entrants into the Gold Quill awards are eligible for local recognition in the Bronze Quill Awards. This year, IABC Victoria is pleased to award seven entrants, adding Laura Butler (GE Capital) and James Howe (Ambulance Victoria) to the list of winners.

The Bronze Quill Awards will be presented at the organisation’s annual Gala Dinner, a glamorous evening of entertainment and honour excellence in the communications industry.

To be held at the Hilton on the Park Hotel on Thursday 26 May at 6.30pm, the event is focused around the theme "talking about your generation" and features representatives from three generations talking about what each has brought to the communications profession. Speakers include digital strategist and marketer, Kate Kendall (Gen Y), Telstra Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations, Andrew Maiden (Gen X) and client attraction expert, Geoff Kelly (Baby Boomer). Entertainment will be in the form of thought-provoking illusionist and award-winning entertainer, Simon Taylor.

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About IABC

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organisational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 15,000 members in 80 countries. There are over 220 members in the Victorian Chapter alone. For more information, visit

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IABC Victoria Media Contacts:

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